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Budget Analysis

Budget 2012 was developed with a microscope when a telescope was required. While it paid great attention to a wide range of issues it has insufficient focus on the longer term or the wider issues that urgently require attention. These range from declining domestic demand to persistent long-term unemployment, from public debt sustainability to growing poverty and inequality.  

Social Justice Irelands Analysis and Critique of Budget 2013

For the second year in a row this Government introduced a Budget that was deeply regressive, both socially and economically. It did nothing to foster economic recovery or to provide a vision and direction for the country.

Unjust, regressive Budget deepens divide in Irish society

Budget 2013 is unjust and regressive.  For the second year in a row this Government has introduced a Budget that is deeply regressive, both socially and economically. It does nothing to foster economic recovery or to provide a vision and direction for the country.

Socially regressive

Social Justice Ireland Analysis and Critique of Budget 2012

 

The full document containing details of Ireland's Budget for 2012 which were leaked by the Gernamn Parliament may now be read here.  These documents were provided by the Irish Government to the EU Commission on a confidential basis. Of particular interest is the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies contained in this document.

The Report of the Review Group  on State Assets and Liabilities was published by Government on April 20, 2011. The full list of recommendations contained in the report was published also in the Department of Finance's 8-page note on the  Report. Full text of both documents available below.

Document can be accessed here

Social Justice Ireland believes the Government’s ‘Jobs Initiative’ is far too small to make any impact of substance on Ireland’s record level of long-term unemployment. The proposals contained within the Jobs Initiative are welcome as far as they go but there will be no major reduction in the numbers long-term unemployed for the foreseeable future without far more radical action being taken aimed directly at reducing the numbers long-term unemployed.

Social Justice Ireland's Analysis and Critique of Budget 2012

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Social Justice Ireland's Policy Briefing on Budget Choices 2012

Analysis and Critique Document can be downloaded here

Budget Choices document can be downloaded here

The Department of Finance's briefing documents prepared for the incoming Minister for Finance continue to focus on attacking the vuilnerable in forthcoming budgets. 

 

The core briefing document is 253 pages long and provides a comprehensive overview of the how the Department sees the current situation and spells out the Department's proposals for the future. 

The full text of the Finance Bill 2011 and related documents can be accessed below.

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